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International Bog Day July 29th
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New Severn Riverkeeper Restoration Project funded on Chase Creek:
The Severn Riverkeeper (Chesapeake Rivers Association, Inc.) was one of 6 grant recipients who received a total of $1.117,528 in Anne Arundel County grant funds for Innovative Watershed Restoration Projects aimed at reducing nutrient loads in our rivers.
Our project is in the Community of Winchester on Severn on Chase Creek. This is a $470,000 project, with funding from both Anne Arundel County Water Restoration Funds, as well as the Atlantic and Coastal Bays Trust Fund administered by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
The project will reduce storm flow and pollutants entering Chase Creek on the north shore of the Severn. The original Winchester 2017 RSC addressed an eroding gully in the main Winchester Ravine. Upon completion, the lower weirs and pools became overwhelmed by a new source of sediment from an adjoining ravine. The source was a newly replaced County stormwater outfall pipe on Circle Drive. Re-energized stormwater flow from the pipe has dramatically eroded the ravine, dumping sediment onto private property and community land as well as the original RSC pools below. Circle Drive RSC will correct this, stabilize the original Winchester RSC, and enhance bamboo removal endangering both projects. We are finalizing permits and hope to be in construction this year. Stay tuned!!
This year, the GreenGive (24-hour fundraiser) Kickoff Party was hosted at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. GreenGive is a collaborative party with nine other environmental restoration/educational organizations. It was a wonderful turnout and we thank everyone for the charitable donations.
The Restoration of Muddy Creek
This video shows a significant stream restoration at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) campus off the Rhode River. It highlights the construction methods and the science driving these restorations.
We are pleased to announce the beginning of a major restoration program for the headwaters of the Severn. Given that most life in the river is spawned and nurtured in the headwaters, this is the most critical area to protect. The opportunity for survival of the restored oyster reefs will be significantly improved by stopping the pollution at the headwaters. The stormwater runoff from I97 and Route 32 have been polluting this area for years, and it will only get worse with global warming. Note that we just received the most rain in any July on record, and these 15 inches in one month could become the norm. We have completed the engineering work for the first phase, and the construction funds have been promised. However, we need your support for operating expenses. Please help us restore the Severn. If not now, when?
- Baldwin Family
- Campbell Foundation
- Charm City Run
- Chesapeake Bay Trust
- Clayton Baker Trust
- Constellation Energy
- ERM Foundation
- The Helena Foundation
- Koons Toyota of Annapolis
- Morrell Family Foundation
- O’Neill Family Saltworks Fund
- Philpott Family Foundation
- Racoonsin Family Foundation
- Rathmann Family Foundation
- Reliable Contracting
- Severn 1000
- Underwood & Associates
The Severn Riverkeeper's hard work and determination is helping to Save the Severn. SRK worked hard to secure funding and contract with Underwood & Associates for the Pines on the Severn restoration project.